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Buses exemptions from
paying certain parking
8VAC20-70-10 Definitions -
certain terms used within regulations are defined. Examples include
"Color-black", "Color-yellow", "Type A1 and A2," "Type B1 and B2,"
"Type C," or "Type D," "Nonconforming bus", "School bus", and
"Specially equipped bus".
8VAC20-70-20 The greatest
care shall be exercised
in the transportation of
8VAC20-70-30 Safe speed requirements
for school buses.
8VAC20-70-40 Seating –
Explains the number of passengers that can safely be seated on bus
employment agreement or driver’s
door – driver to maintain
control of entrance door
warning devices or traffic
lights – school bus to be
or discharging pupils requirements.
Includes where stops may or may not made, sight
distance and visibility at
stops, stop only at designated locations approved by the local
school division except in the case of an emergency, use of school
bus warning devices to
warn approaching traffic to stop and allow pupils to cross the
highway safely, students to cross in front of the bus, driver’s use
of a hand signal, and
provisions for stops on
divided highways and when
pupils will be picked up and discharged on the side of the road on
which they live.
belts – restraint
requirements for driver.
restraint belts or seat
rider safety instruction including
practice of emergency
evacuation drills or fire drills.
requirements for school bus routes,
school sites, and safety of pupils at designated school bus
reports on the number of
pupils transported and miles traveled.
Policies and collection
and lights covering.
of posters, stickers,
or advertising material.
or Passage restriction.
materials such as triangles,
first aid kit, body fluid clean-up kit and fire extinguisher.
for pupil transportation.
for school bus drivers for
both employment and continued employment. Includes provisions for physical
examination, driving history, character references, and both drug
and alcohol testing.
Required documents and forms.
Requirements for filing of
certain required documents.
certificate for tuberculosis (TB
Requirements for driver
training and reasonable highway
driving experience and
testing, supervision during driver
training, and instructional
or learner’s permit.
training including classroom,
8VAC20-70-370 Supervision of
8VAC20-70-400 Evaluation of
to advise passengers of emergency equipment, exits, etc.
data including names
and driver license numbers to
be reported to DMV.
for compliance with specifications.
standards for school
buses and school activity vehicles.
8VAC20-70-460 Specifications and approval,
new or changing equipment.
8VAC20-70-470 Specifications and adjustments,
study, and pilot program.
8VAC20-70-480 Bus identification including color and equipment.
for purchasing and replacement
for the sale of surplus
school buses including
requirements to remove
certain equipment and repaint.
powered by alternative
and standards for activity
buses including certain exceptions.
because of school bus not reaching school.
provisions for principal of each public school to collect and
19VAC30-70-210 Glass, glazing, stickers, sun
screening, and windshields.
19VAC30-70-580 Glass, glazing, stickers, sun
screening, and windshields.
relating to directional and other official signs and notices for
school bus stop shelters.
Abandonments and Discontinuance of school
criteria and conditions governing receipt and use of urban
maintenance and construction funds related to school
Code of Virginia Provisions
punishment for gang
activity taking place in
a school zone including on school buses; penalties.
and battery including reasonable
and necessary force by school bus drivers.
18.2-60 Threats of
death or bodily injury to a person or member of his family; threats
to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property
including while riding school bus; penalty.
18.2-128 Trespass upon
church or school property including on school bus.
the sale or manufacture of drugs on
or near certain properties including school buses and bus stops;
for the use of ignition
interlock systems to
allow driving to and from work only; but may not operate school bus
or school vehicle; penalty.. (1)
of firearm, stun weapon, or other weapon on
school property including school buses prohibited.
of students under certain
circumstances including provision for providing transportation to
and payment of claims;
of Board to make loans from
fund for erection, etc., of school buildings and fueling
facilities for school
for Board to make regulations relating
to the construction, design, operation, equipment, and color of
public school buses and shall have the authority to issue an order
prohibiting the operation on public streets and highways of any
public school bus which does not comply with such regulations. Any
such order shall be enforced by the Department of State Police.
requirements for school bus drivers. Includes provisions for minimum
examination, driving history, character references, etc.
program required for
school bus operators.
and lights covering.
bus emergency evacuation
drills or fire drills.
22.1-185 Shelters on
or clarifications regarding school vehicle, school staff, pupils and
of children with disabilities attending
public or private special education programs. Includes references to payment
in lieu of providing transportation, free
transportation, and reimbursement for
attendance required; excuses and waivers; alternative education
program; and age and walking
and self-administration of
inhaled asthma medications and auto-injectable
epinephrine (eppipen) by
certain students including references to asthma
or anaphylaxis and
development of an individualized
health care plan, including emergency procedures for any
authority of school boards under
certain circumstances; alternative
provisions for board or principal of each public school to collect,
report, and maintain information.
bus stops indicators or signs.
46.2-100 Definitions of
vehicles including school
46.2-328 DMV to
endorsements, classifications, and restrictions authorizing
operation of certain vehicles.
Fees including exception
for no additional fee for the driver's license or commercial
driver's license required for the operation of a school bus.
of school bus driver including examination,
experience, instruction or learner’s permit, etc.
concerning school bus drivers and driver education instructors. Local
division to report names to DMV. DMV to report violations to local
for third party testers.
for third party examiners.
Application for certification
as third party testers or third party examiners by
as Third Party tester or examiner by
certification of third party tester or examiner.
inspections and audits of third party testing by
requirements for third party examiners and testers to
administration for third party examiners and testers.
of requirement that third party tester applicant employ 75 drivers.
The CDL skills test
certificate issued by
third party tester and accepted by DMV.
expiration date - see Editor's note) Fees for
vehicles designed and used for transportation of passengers; weights
used for computing fees; burden of proof.
stopped school buses; penalty; prima
a stopped school bus; reckless
driving charge; prima
speed limit for
drivers of certain vehicles to stop, look, and listen at railroad
bus stop on highways to
discharge cargo or passengers; visibility.
buses hired to transport
children. Contract for
buses to be routed so as
to avoid necessity of pupils' crossing divided highways.
limit for drivers of
such as cellular
telephone or texting
devices by persons
driving school buses.
Drivers to yield
right-of-way or reduce speed when
approaching stationary emergency vehicles on highways.
and lettering on school
devices on school buses;
other buses; required
belts or seat
belts to be worn by
certain bus drivers.
46.2-1099 Further exemptions.
of vehicles generally;
of dealership by manufacturer.
of service facilities.
including driver training school and instructor.
of dealership by
of service facilities.
4. Student achievement and graduation requirements; right
to a free public education.
excuses and waivers; alternative education program attendance;
exemptions from article.
Exemptions from licensure, compulsory